New Delhi, 25 Oct 2019: Nine ultra runners will represent India at the International Association of Ultrarunners (IAU) World 24 Hour Championships to be held at Albi, France over Saturday-Sunday. The Indian team comprises five men and four women.
In all, 45 countries are participating in the championships this year, and leading runners from across the globe including Camille Herron (USA) the Womens World record holder in 24 hour race will be competing at Albi.
AFI President Adille Sumariwalla mentioned that “The team’s progress and preparation has been impressive. AFI is happy to see the standards of Indian performance improve in ultra running events year after year. We started sending teams to IAU World Championships since 2017 only and has already made a mark when we won an individual and team bronze at the 24 hour Asia Oceania championships in Taipei in December,2018. I sincerely wish to thank NEB Sports and IDBI Federal Life Insurance for once again supporting Indian ultra running team.”
Nagaraj Adiga, CMD NEB Sports, said “I am confident that many of the team members would surpass their previous best performances. Other countries will notice that India is an emerging power in the world of Ultra running. We hope to see new Indian records at this championship. We are happy to support these efforts”.
The team this year is much better prepared after having attended a camp in Bangalore in August and getting valuable inputs from coaches, nutritionists and physiotherapists. The support crew includes 3 ultramarathon runners and a leading sports medicine specialist.
List of the Indian participants and maximum distance run in a 24Hrs official event:
Men: Ullas Narayana – 250.371 Kms; Sunil Sharma – 215.6 Kms; Binay Sah – 222.240 Kms; Pranaya Mohanty – 211.6 Kms; Kanan Jain – 207.2 Kms.
Women: Apoorva Chaudhary – 176.8 Kms; Hemlata Saini – 172.3 Kms; Priyanka Bhatt – 170 Kms; Shyamala Sathyanarayana – 167.6 Kms.